Postscripts — Aug. 14 blog

This is "Postscripts," my personal blog. Here, each day, I'll write on random topics, both Bucs related and non-Bucs related. This blog also includes links to the top Bucs stories on the Web. Why? Because, well, I can never write enough, and sometimes the things I learn on this beat can't be fit into a story. So, until the carpal tunnel sets in, I'll keep typing.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

The best Bucs stories on the Web

Just one blog entry today, as I'm traveling back to Florida from Texas. It's been a wonderful nine days of vacation, and a great way to recharge the batteries before football season. But sad in that I have to get back to work — and there's a lot of work left to do.

First, I should point you toward a pair of features at Bucsblitz.com. First, there's a feature on rookie safety Sabby Piscitelli, a player everyone in the Buccaneers' organization is anxious to see hit this Saturday against Jacksonville. This story was supposed to run last week, but I held it, not knowing Piscitelli's status.

Then there's our Inside Slant on the NFC South, which gets you up to date on what's going on with those teams. There's an interesting bit on Carolina's Julius Peppers. Apparently owner Jerry Richardson called him out during Mike Minter's retirement press conference and asked for him to step up as a leader this season. Apparently Richardson's been to the Mark Cuban school of charm. We have other material coming on Tampa Bay's division rivals later in the week, including a rookie update.

At the Tampa Tribune, columnist Martin Fennelly wrote an illuminating piece on linebacker Cato June, and among his many accomplishments is being named the salutatorian of his high school class.

Also, the Trib examines Ryan Nece's tough transition to backup middle linebacker, and relates that first-round pick Gaines Adams appears to be holding his own — so far.

Over at the St. Petersburg times, columnist Gary Shelton makes a case for Chris Simms, who at the moment is No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart. Shelton's case? Show the kid some patience, because he still has the best arm on the team. Meanwhile, defensive end Patrick Chukwurah talked about his Nigerian roots, explaining how his parents sacrificed to pave his way to the United States.

And, in this Orlando Sentinel piece, tight end Alex Smith discusses his prowess at Madden '08, which comes out today. Smith won the Madden title among NFL football players at Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Kind of which he could make that kind of progress on the field this year, don't you?

That's all for now. The weekly blog-in-review hits the server Wednesday morning, along with new entries for the week. Until then. MP


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